Bridges to Development (Bridges) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working to advance economic and social well-being by supporting opportunities for communities to overcome health and education barriers. Founded in 2018, Bridges is a small team of four full-time staff, with two located in Seattle, USA and two in Geneva, Switzerland. Bridges is looking for two interns, one to work with our team in each location, to learn through an engaging experience, and make quality contributions to our work. As part of our organizational values, we strive to invest in the next generation of development professionals and believe our internships are an important part of that commitment.
Bridges has a diverse portfolio of ongoing projects in health and education in developing countries. We are looking for interns who will fully engage as part of the Bridges team to support the execution of our current projects. While the nature of the work will depend on each project, typical intern support includes research and analysis, preparation for and documentation of project meetings, and contributions to milestone deliverables. The following two projects represent the types of focus of internship activities:
Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) through an integrated program in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Bridges is managing a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project to control or eliminate several NTDs in PNG and Vanuatu through integrated mass drug administration combined with strengthening of the referral system to the primary health care system. The intern can contribute to this project through analysis of data from the mass drug administration campaigns to support preparation for reporting to the funder. In addition, Bridges is launching an innovative pilot project to enhance communication among health workers; strengthening their peer network. This pilot will also allow health workers to capture and amplify their stories in addressing the burden of skin and parasitic diseases in their communities.
Examples of potential contributions:
- a. Analyze and visualize data from MDA campaigns
- b. Create reports to disseminate the results of the MDA campaigns and support the process for creating and submitting the required project reports to the funder
- c. Support the ‘Connect & Share’ pilot in Vanuatu to:
- a. Create a peer network among health workers
- b. Manage the process to request and capture stories (pictures and videos) from health workers addressing skin and parasitic diseases
- c. Evaluate the pilot, compile data and information related to the pilot, and create a report to describe results, lessons learned, and path forward
Immunization in the period of COVID. Bridges has a number of immunization-related collaborations underway to which the intern is likely to contribute. Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) is the decade-long strategy co-created by countries around the world, development partners and civil society organizations to address immunization challenges. Bridges has been engaged since Jan 2020 supporting countries and partners to operationalize the shared strategy. More recently, Bridges has partnered with a peer-to-peer learning platform, organizing events with implementers from across the developing world, bringing focus to local implementation challenges and solutions, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of potential contributions:
- a. Support the development of the first global report to be presented by the IA2030 immunization partners for consideration by the World Health Assembly in May 2022
- b. Track progress by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and others at regional and country levels creating frameworks and strategies aligned to global goals
- c. Maintain up to date guidance and associated resources, including training materials for webinars, to support countries working on National Immunization Strategies (NIS)
- d. Assist with IA2030 global partnership work, including communication and advocacy efforts and monthly partner meeting preparation and follow up
- e. Provide support to an array of IA2030 Working Groups as they advance technical focus areas and engage with implementers around the world through surveys, focus group interviews, learning and listening events, etc.
- f. Analyze action plans and support the documentation of case studies or learning reports from various engagement with health staff in developing countries
Time Period & Logistics
This internship will cover up to a seven-month period through summer 2022. Interns are expected to work on average at least 50% (20 hours per week), yet 80% or full-time arrangements are preferred. A limited stipend (up to 600 CHF/month or equivalent) towards transportation and living costs will be calculated based on weekly commitment. The intern would be solely responsible for health insurance, taxes, social or any other applicable charges and must have appropriate work permits.
- Master’s degree or current enrollment in a Master’s degree program, plus a demonstrated interest in health or development
- Fluent in English; Fluent in French highly desirable
- Service orientation, commitment to learning, and strong analytic and communications skills
- Skills with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel (other analytical tools desirable)
- Flexibility, adaptability, ability to work independently
- Prior travel/living experience in sub-Saharan Africa or similar developing country setting highly desirable
Please send a cover letter and CV in an email with Bridges Internship in the subject line to apply [at] bridgestodevelopment.org">apply [at] bridgestodevelopment.org Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews through Zoom.